The internet has killed another celebrity again and this time it’s Blake Shelton. Word of his death made rounds earlier this week after a fan set up a Facebook page claiming the country singer had passed away. The page in question is similar to other fake celebrity death pages which pay tribute to the “dead” victim in its title; in Shelton’s case, “R.I.P. Blake Shelton.”
At the time of this writing, the page no longer exists. However, according to Gossip Cop, it detailed how The Voice coach had allegedly died on March 28 while urging fans to pay their respects in the wake of what they claimed was his passing.
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (March 28, 2017), our beloved singer Blake Shelton passed away,” the fake page wrote. “Blake Shelton was born on June 18, 1976, in Ada. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”
No surprise, the page earned thousands of likes and many gullible fans mourned, expressing their condolences on the timeline. There’s one problem, though, Shelton is not dead. Thankfully, he is very much alive and well. In fact, he sounded off on Twitter to prove the whole thing was fake.
One Twitter user, who was suspecting of the ‘Blake Shelton Dead’ story, brought the matter to Shelton’s attention.
“Sorry to hear that you died. LOL This appeared on Facebook today,” Twitter user @Doc_ster wrote, earning an immediate response from the singer. “Well shit…” Shelton joked, which gained more than 9,000 likes from his Twitter followers in the just over nine hours since debunking the ridiculous death allegations.
Celebrity Death Hoaxes
Shelton’s death hoax surfaced weeks after Trevor Noah fell victim to the same cruel scheme. Unlike Shelton’s, Noah’s fake death came from a fake article which headlined “Breaking News: South African Comedian Trevor Noah Dies At 33.” The accompanying article falsely claimed that the “South African impressionist and most influential comic and actor, Trevor Noah had died after being injured in a car accident, [a] reliable source discloses.”
Prior to the comedian, The Walking Dead actor Andrew Lincoln and Rowan Atkinson became targets of sick online death hoaxes as well. The Mr. Bean star has become a common subject of fake death reports. International Business Times reports he supposedly “died of a suicide due to asphyxia” back in 2013.
Earlier death hoax victims also include John Cena, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Sylvester Stallone, Willie Nelson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Will Smith, among others.